Articles by: Something Else!

Oscar Peterson (1925-2007): An Appreciation

Oscar Peterson, one of jazz music’s most recognizable modern-day pianists, was felled on Sunday not from the lingering effects of a 1993 stroke — he kept playing after that — but from kidney failure. He passed, aged 82, in his native Canada outside Toronto. Peterson’s stroke compromised his left hand some, but never his spirit. That unstoppable will to swingRead More

Half Notes: Jorge Albuquerque, Marcos Amorim, Rafael Barata – Revolving Landscapes (2008)

by S. Victor Aaron The thing that amazes me when exploring Brazilian music is that while there are usually a lot characteristics you can find in most music out of that country, overall the music is much more diverse than the Brazilians get credit for here in America. That really became especially apparent when absorbing the Northeast Brazilian sounds ofRead More

Half Notes: Bruce Eisenbeil Sextet – Inner Constellation, Volume 1 (2007)

S. Victor Aaron Evidently, the word “constellation” in your CD title means you’re gonna stretch people’s ears. But while Roseman does it with trippy reggae-jazz, Eisenbeil gets it done with good old fashioned free (read: whack) jazz. Eisenbell is clearly influenced by that godfather of free form guitar, Derek Bailey, but avoids the clone label by actually scoring his musicRead More

Half Notes: Josh Roseman – New Constellations (2007)

by S. Victor Aaron I remember trombone player Josh Roseman from his notable appearance on my favorite Charlie Hunter album. He had a certain sass in his sound that stood out and made me think he wasn’t content with being a run-of-the-mill bone player. But that thought never got much further until I got a chance to check out Roseman’sRead More

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